Load Data Directly from Azure Data Lake into Azure SQL Data Warehouse Using Polybase

Re-posted from the Azure blog. NOTE: This post was updated on Tuesday February 14th 2017, including an update to the title. Azure SQL Data Warehouse (Azure SQL DW, or just SQL DW for short) is a SQL-based fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehousing solution in the cloud. It is highly elastic, enabling you to provision in minutes and scale… Read more

Pioneer Behind “Internet of Oysters” Now Looking to Sustainably Feed the Planet

Re-posted from the Microsoft Transform blog. Ros Harvey has been a pioneer when it comes to using technology to improve the lives of millions of people. After having recently upended oyster farming in Australia with her work on the “Internet of Oysters”, she decided to expand her business, which is called The Yield, to help… Read more

Introducing Microsoft R Server 9.0

This post is authored by Nagesh Pabbisetty, Partner Director of Program Management at Microsoft. To thrive in today’s data-driven world, businesses increasingly need more powerful analytics solutions to predict customer behavior and discover new opportunities. However, existing solutions often fail to deliver enough insights, fast enough. At Microsoft, we continue to invest deeply in advanced… Read more

17 Predictions for 2017, from Women in Microsoft Global Research

Re-posted from the Microsoft Next blog. As we celebrate Computer Science Education Week, it’s ever more critical for everyone around the globe to be digitally literate. This is particularly true for women and girls, as they represent half of the world’s population but account for barely 20 percent of computer science graduates in 34 OECD countries,… Read more

Microsoft at NIPS 2016, Barcelona, Where AI is the Buzz

Re-posted from the Microsoft Research blog. The 30th annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) is on next week, from December 5th through 10th, in Barcelona. For those of you who are not familiar with NIPS, it’s an annual machine learning and computational neuroscience conference, featuring many exciting talks, demos, poster presentations and workshops,… Read more

How We Share Machine Learning, Analytics & Data Science at Microsoft

We recently concluded the Fall 2016 edition of the Machine Learning, Analytics & Data Science (MLADS) conference, Microsoft’s largest internal gathering of employees focused on this very important field. This latest edition was the sixth in a very popular series that we launched in spring 2014, and with over 3,000 employees participating over the course… Read more

Overview Video of Azure Data Lake (Now Generally Available!)

One of the most exciting announcements we made at Connect(); in New York City yesterday is the general availability of Azure Data Lake (ADL), a key component of Cortana Intelligence, our fully managed suite of big data and advanced analytics services. ADL offers a hyper-scale data repository for storing data of any type, and is… Read more

The Next Generation Database & Data Lake from Microsoft

Re-posted from the SQL Server blog. Earlier today, at the Connect() event, which is livestreaming globally from New York City, we announced the next generation of Microsoft SQL Server and Azure Data Lake, as well as many other exciting new capabilities to help developers build intelligent applications. Here’s a quick recap of the key announcements:… Read more

Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ Session on Big Data & Analytics

We’re excited to host a special Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session next week, focused on big data & analytics. Join us in an interactive conversation with Microsoft engineers who are pushing the state-of-the-art in this space. The session will take place on /r/Azure on Thursday next week, November 17th, between 10AM and 2PM Pacific… Read more

How Did the Pollsters Get It So Wrong?

Re-posted from the Revolutions blog. A lot of what we do in the big data, machine learning & data science community is to build tools and solutions that help us predict the seemingly unpredictable. With the US elections, though, pretty much all the pollsters and the models behind them got it dead wrong. All the… Read more